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July 24, 2017

The Fat Wars, by Dr. George Lundberg

This Post is something that I got from Medscape. I can’t just paste it here because you have to be registered on their site to get it. And, I am probably violating some promise to secrecy – or some internet copyright arrangement – so don’t tell anyone that you got it here.

That said, this is a useful example of forces behind “official” recommendations: it can be a mix of facts, fiction, and fantasy. But, because if comes from what is supposed to be a credible source, we tent to give it a lot of weight. (It falls under the “be careful who you listen to” category, as far as I am concerned.

It is also an example of how things can become very complicated, but they can also be simplified (at least I will offer what I consider a simple solution).

Here is the quote from Dr. Lundberg:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

COMMENTARY

The Fat Wars

 

“Hello and welcome. I am Dr George Lundberg and this is At Large at Medscape. I am about to fix my dinner and I do not know what to eat. Can you help me?

You probably saw the official American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Presidential Advisory” on dietary fats and cardiovascular disease, by 12 distinguished authors.[1] It was published in the AHA’s own journal, Circulation, on June 15, 2017, with much public relations hoopla. The authors ignored the world literature and cherry-picked four studies they considered the best, and pronounced that lowering the intake of saturated fat, coupled with a higher intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat, would reduce cardiovascular disease by about 30%.

Never mind that on March 18, 2014, a systematic review and meta-analysis[2] of many observational studies and clinical trials by six authors from Cambridge, England, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found no evidence that low consumption of total saturated fats and high consumption of polyunsaturated fats affected relative risks for coronary artery disease. Never mind that on Aug 12, 2015, 11 authors from Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, reported, in a systematic review and meta-analysis of many prospective cohort studies,[3] that intake of saturated fats was not associated with all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, or type 2 diabetes, although trans fats, especially of industrial origin, were.

Once upon a time, in 1982, JAMA published an early paper by the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial Research Group from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.[4] Back then, I was so naive that I believed that high serum cholesterol caused atherosclerosis.

David Cundiff is studying 19 different relative risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in 168 countries. They include consumption of animal products; refined carbohydrates; alcohol; tobacco; vitamin K2 intake; exercise level; body mass index; fasting blood sugar/hemoglobin A1c; blood pressure; medication for hypertension; cholesterol/HDL ratio; personal income; education level; gender; age; ethnicity; vitamin D level; air pollution; and fetal, infant, and childhood stress. That sounds pretty complicated. Results are published in Cureus.[5]

Finally, we have the great anecdotal case report of Fred Kummerow, who died on May 31, 2017.[6] Illinois professor Kummerow was born in Germany, moved to Wisconsin between the wars, and became a PhD biochemist. He never did believe much about cholesterol, saturated fats, eggs, meat, and butter having anything to do with heart disease. But from 1957 on, his research demonstrated big-time vascular damage from trans fats, margarine, and fried foods.[7,8] Four hundred Kummerow research papers later, the US Food and Drug Administration finally moved against the practice of adding manufactured trans fats to processed food.

Did I mention that he was 102 years old when he died this year? He practiced what he preached.

Meanwhile, back to the 19 risk factors. I am in good shape on 13 of them; there is nothing I can do about four; so I guess I will fix myself some beans and carrots, an apple, and one hard-boiled egg.

That is my opinion. I am Dr George Lundberg, at large at Medscape.”

So how do you simplify? Easy. The healthiest, longest lived, and happiest people on earth do things a certain way; do it that way. See Blue Zones Posts on this Blog for more information.

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April 4, 2014

Re-Blogged From Mattonwordpress.com

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I couldn’t resist.

March 29, 2013

Early to rise…

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Here is a study that finds early birds are healthier and happier than night owls

December 19, 2011

The Best Exercise For Improving Your Mood

Filed under: Exercise, General Health & Wellness, Tai Chi Chuan — Tags: , , , , — doctordilday @ 3:51 pm

The Many Layers of Tai Chi and Yoga

The Sound Holistic Health Clinic above the Co-Op in Everett has begun sending out an e-newsletter. Today it came with an article on Yoga as the best exercise for improving your mood. I won’t go into the details, if you want to read the article, here is the link.

I mention this only to remind you that anything and everything that can said about Yoga, can also be said about Tai Chi – and visa versa – (the one exception is that Tai chi of sufficient caliber can offer real transferable self defense skills). Of course I mean once you get past the Yoga-is-an-Indian-thing and Tai Chi-is-a-China-thing, and Yoga is mostly seen as a holding still thing; Tai Chi is mostly thought of as a moving thing (neither are really true but you know what I mean, there are some obvious differences). I am referring to health benefits.

There will be lots of reasons why you choose one over the other, starting with what is available to you. Nowadays the average Yoga class is of high enough caliber that you will likely not get hurt if you are careful (though I still get several new patients a year from Yoga classes). That can’t necessarily be said about Tai Chi classes: there is a lot of variation in quality of teaching, and while intentions may be good, “a minute discrepancy can lead to an error of a thousand miles” as they say in the Tai Chi Classics.

The other important point, one I make constantly, is that Yoga, like Tai Chi is a complete system (with that one exception I mentioned). It does offer many many benefits, including the production of all those happy chemicals (think GOOD mood). I argue that unless you have lots and lots of free time to do everything separately, doing Yoga or Tai Chi is a great way to leverage your time and get a wide variety of benefits, safely. Sure there are other ways to stretch. There are other ways to get strong, even better ways. There are many other ways to train balance, coordination and to condition the cardio-vascular system. There are other ways to train self defense: most are too dangerous to be practically called a “health” practice though. And there are other ways to rehabilitate various body parts and to restore normal qualities of movement and proper biomechanics. There are other ways to develop focus, concentration, awareness and sensitivity. Lastly, there are several other ways to train and restore to normal your breathing patterns (something you will be hearing more and more about if you follow the health and fitness industry). There are only a few ways to get all those benefits and more SIMULTANEOUSLY! Yoga is one way. Tai Chi is another.

And then there is the fun factor. Tai Chi has that in Push Hands practice if no where else.

So as you contemplate what you will do in terms of exercise as your New Year’s Resolution, consider a Yoga class or video, and consider Tai Chi. it will do your body good.

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